Crash Kills Collinsville man
Tommy Edward Vannoy, 55, of Collinsville died Friday afternoon from
injuried he received when his pickup collided with a train.
Mr. Vannoy's 1981 Dodge pickup collided with a Union Pacific train
as he was eastbound on Crossroads Road. Mr. Vannoy was enroute to
milk his cows at a farm house a few feet from the railroad tracks.
Witnesses said that Mr. Vannoy waved when he passed by them and did not
see the train coming until it was to late.
The train was traveling south-bound when Mr. Vannoy pulled out in
front of the train. The train hit directly on the passenger side
of the truck's door, slinging the truck sideways off of the railroad track.
The truck came to a rest in the grass by the side of the railroad tracks
approximately 20 feet from the impact site. The train was approximately
a half-mile long and was traveling at 50 miles per hour when the impact
occurrerd, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kevin Galyon.
The train tracks were littered with pieces of the half-ton truck.
Troopers stepped over the pick-up's battery to measure the distance the
truck was thrown. The truck's windshield was knocked loose from the
truck and lay at the foot of the railroad crossing sign. Apparently
the train took about half a mile to stop.
Paramedics arrived on the scene to try and revive Mr. Vannoy but
were unsuccessful. Mr. Vannoy was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. by
Justice of the Peace Shirley Miller of Whitesboro.
A witness tot he wreck said that Vannoy saw the train but did not
attempt to stop.
"Vannoy just sort of jumped when he saw the train, but he did not
speed up or attempt to stop," the witness said.
Mr. Vannoy was killed on impact from multiple blunt force trauma
to his head. Mr. Vannoy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time
of the accident, Galyon said.
The train appeared nearly undamaged, except for a broken headlamp.
The engineer of the train was not available for comment.
Collinsville - Services for Tommy Edward Vannoy of Route 1, Collinsville,
55, who died Friday in Collinsville, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the
Collinsville Church of Christ.
Oliver Bush and Eddie Parrish will officiate, and burial will be
in Collinsville Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Huff Funeral Home.
Mr. Vannoy was born in Ethel, the son of Ivan and Leta Vannoy, and
married Martha Wright Vannoy on March 5, 1965 in Whitesboro. He was
employed by General Motors in Arlington and was a member of Ethel Church
Surviving are his sons, Michael Edward Vannoy of Ethel and Brian
Lee Vannoy of Stillwater., Okla.; parents, of Ethel; brother, Dickey Mack
Vannoy of Ethel; and sister, Barbara Elaine Dutton of Pottsboro.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.